My response to campaigns regarding the impact of the coronavirus outbreak on people with disabilities

I have had a number of organised campaign emails from constituents regarding the impact of the coronavirus outbreak on people with disabilities. This is my reply to those emails.

Thank you for contacting me regarding Scope’s Disability Report into the impact of the coronavirus outbreak on people with disabilities.

A wide range of support has been put in place by Local Authorities forthose people on the National Shielding List in the form of essential grocery supplies, medical deliveries and social contact. It has also been inspiring to learn about support schemes which have been put in place by local groups across the Devizes Constituency.

Measures announced in the Coronavirus Act are temporary and proportionate to the threat we face. It is important that they should only be used when strictly necessary and remain in place for as long as required to respond to the public health emergency. Local authorities will still be expected to do as much as they can to comply with their duties to meet needs during this period, and the legislation does not remove the duty of care towards disabled people. The legislation must not be used as cover for neglecting essential duties.

If you are aware of specific instances of disabled people being let down by Local Authorities or other responsible agencies, please let me know and I will take immediate action on their behalf.